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Communities for Local Power Elects New Board President

Written By Editor on 10/19/22 | 10/19/22

Kingston NY, October 19, 2022 – At the September board meeting, Communities for Local Power (CLP) elected Troy Ellen Dixon as board president of the organization. Dixon succeeds Susan H. Gillespie, CLP’s founding president, who was elected vice president at the meeting. 

Dixon became involved with CLP in an advisory capacity during a series 

of community conversations held in 2019. Following that, she was 

invited to join the CLP “Kitchen Cabinet” (so named because the 

organization’s initial meetings were held in the kitchen of a member’s 

home) and was elected to the board in the fall of 2020. Dixon says she 

appreciates this opportunity to continue as a board member in this 

leadership position. 

Noting that CLP was formed, in late 2012, to fight the takeover of 

Central Hudson by Fortis, Inc., Dixon was impressed initially by the 

organization’s demonstrated commitment to equity in clean energy 

programs, policies, and investments. “CLP’s focus on training people, 

from underserved and historically marginalized communities, how to 

perform home air-sealing and weatherization, install solar panels, heat pumps, and geothermal energy systems, and conduct indoor air quality and energy audits is vitally important, because it provides them the opportunity to secure employment in these fields.” 

CLP will continue to advance energy-related initiatives that will improve quality of life for all who live in the greater Kingston community. “Within this context,” says Dixon, “I will place particular emphasis on working to achieve energy justice for those in the community, in low- to middle-income and BIPOC households, who are disproportionately impacted by higher energy burdens, power shutoffs, and service breakdowns.” 

Former CLP outreach coordinator, Susie Ximenez, will continue working with the organization as a newly elected board member. She holds an MFA in Fine Art from Universidad del Claustro de


Sor Juana. In 2017, Ximenez founded Latinx Project, which seeks to strengthen the Latinx community in the Hudson Valley through art and community. Ximenez joins board members Betta Broad, Pat Courtney-Strong (board treasurer), Lindsay Hutton, Kelleigh McKenzie, Melinda McKnight, and Amy Trompetter (board secretary). 

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ASF Staff Bikes 50 Miles To Raise Money For Organization

WASSAIC, N.Y. – The Adaptive Sports Foundation’s full-time staff raised over $11,000 for their organization this past Sunday by cycling 50 miles along the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.


Many donors set up an “Anython” through the ASF’s website, where donors can take any activity and turn it into a fundraiser for ASF. The deal is to sign up on the ASF website, make a goal (elevation hiked, miles walked, etc.), create a fundraising page, share it with friends and family and get moving. 


The Adaptive Sports Foundation’s full-time staff decided to make their own Anython with its goal being to travel 50 miles on a bicycle as a group. Six staff members had the opportunity to participate, choosing six ASF participants and students to be their team captain. Executive Director John Iannelli teamed up with Farryl Fishman, Race Coordinator and Seasonal Program Manager Russ Funk’s captain was Zach Elder, Program Manager Tony Vasile chose Charlie Kleiman, Finance Manager Joanne Grunenthal represented Jeffrey Resnick, Associate Development Director Kiera McMullan partnered with Anthony Fenimore and Fundraising Events and Social Media Coordinator James Mitchell teamed up with Jayden Weinberg. 


The outing took place on Sunday, October 16. Grunenthal did her ride in the hot Florida sun, while the rest of the staff met at the Wassaic Metro North Station in Dutchess County to ride the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. The trail goes through little towns, farms and marshlands, winding north through the autumn foliage to Orphan Farm Road near Copake Falls, a total of 23.5 miles. 


“John and I started talking about doing a fundraising bike ride just over a month ago as a ‘what if’ sort of idea,” Vasile explained. “To see that ‘what if’ come to fruition was so exciting for me.”


ASF volunteer Mike Doyle came along for the ride, providing necessary supplements that gave the riders energy and hydration, while ASF office member Cindy Francis drove the truck, making sure the riders had everything they needed all while taking photos and videos. Morgan Bitton, Iannelli’s wife and avid cyclist, joined in on the fun as well.  


After reaching the end of the trail, the riders turned back and rode a mile south to Copake Falls’ Depot Deli for lunch. After the intermission, the group rode back up to Orphan Farm Road to make up the extra two miles needed to get back on pace for the 50-mile goal. 


Some riders struggled more than others, but all who participated finished the 50-mile trek. Not only did the staff reach its distance goal, but it also reached its fundraising goal as well. As a group, the goal was to raise $10,000, with all proceeds going to the ASF. On the day of the ride, the total amount raised was over $11,000. 


“We rode as a unit, ate together, blocked wind for each other, and finished our goal of riding 50 miles, only to find out by the end of the ride that we beat our fundraising goal by over $1,000,” Vasile said. “It doesn’t get much better than that.” 


The ASF staff would like to thank all who supported and donated to this endeavor. The Adaptive Sports Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides profound and life-changing experiences for children and adults with physical disabilities, cognitive disabilities and chronic illnesses through outdoor physical activity, education, support and community. 

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Aromatherapy: Is There Hard Science Behind its Pain-Relief Properties?

Written By Editor on 10/16/22 | 10/16/22

When people think of aromatherapy, they tend to conjure images of stylish room diffusers and tiny bottles of natural extracts. Contrary to popular misconception, there’s much more to aromatherapy than pleasant smells and fragrance machines; it’s often used for its calming effects, but it can also be used to minimize chronic and intermittent pain disorders.

The concept of aromatherapy isn’t centered around any one specific application, but rather a range of alternative or traditional therapies that rely on aromatic plant compounds (like essential oils and hydrosols) for their therapeutic properties. In this post, we'll discuss what exactly aromatherapy is, the research around its analgesic effects, and some of the different ways to benefit from it.

What is Aromatherapy?

The use of plant compounds for their healing properties is a practice going back thousands of years, but the term "aromatherapy" was coined by René-Maurice Gattefossé in the 1910’s. He was a perfumer and biochemist who wrote the first published book describing an alternative form of treatment using essential oils. 

Essential oils from plants (ranging from herbs to flowers and trees) are among the most popular compounds used for aromatherapy, as they've been found to improve physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are traditionally used for a variety of therapeutic purposes, including ceremonial to medicinal use cases. The primary active components in essential oils are naturally occurring aromatic hydrocarbons known as terpenes, which are responsible for the scent and flavor profiles of practically all plant life. Moreover, many of the therapeutic properties associated with different plants and their essential oils can be attributed to their varying concentrations of terpenes.

It’s important to note that the quality of an essential oil formulation (in terms of its terpene content) is just as important as the equipment used in an aromatherapy session. This is why businesses choose True Blue and similarly reputable companies who reliably provide pure, food-grade terpenes with no additives or diluents.

Aromatherapy is often used in conjunction with other complementary treatments including acupuncture and massage. It’s often considered both a science and an art, because it requires an intimate knowledge of the therapeutic aspects of numerous plant extracts, along with the ability to utilize them in effective and complementary courses of natural therapy.

How Does it Work to Reduce Pain?

The terpenes in essential oils interact with the endocannabinoid system, which is a signaling system within the body that controls a number of essential physiological functions including neurotransmitter release. This is widely expressed in the limbic system, making it able to effectively exert regulatory control over mood, emotions and pain response.

In 2017, the International Journal of Molecular Sciences published a comprehensive review stating that “several reviews have suggested the therapeutic potential of [essential oils] into multiple areas, including analgesics.” Today, aromatherapy is regularly recommended as a means of pain relief for even chronic pain conditions like arthritis. In some places, it’s even used by women in labor to help mitigate the pain and anxiety experienced during natural childbirth. 

In 2016, a systematic review published in the Pain Research and Treatment section of the Hindawi journal concluded that there was “a significant positive effect of aromatherapy in reducing pain.” It went on to state that, since there were no reports of adverse effects in any of the studies included in the review, aromatherapy could even be considered a safe addition to conventional pain management methods.

Ways to Benefit from Aromatherapy

There are many ways anyone can benefit from aromatherapy, regardless of their personal lifestyle. For those with less free time, skincare products often incorporate essential oils to facial cleansers and balms to help minimize the pain and inflammation associated with certain conditions like acne. Steamy baths with infused salts, diffusers, or incense burners can also offer more passive relief from pain symptoms. 

It’s easy to see that the popularity of aromatherapy is in no small part due to its versatility; it’s used across many cultures to help relieve pain conditions, and recommended by holistic enthusiasts and medical professionals alike.

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Written By Editor on 10/12/22 | 10/12/22

Cobleskill, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill Athletic Department announced today that due to the availability of officials in Vermont the Fighting Tiger men’s and women’s soccer teams’ away North Atlantic Conference (NAC) games versus the Badgers of Northern Vermont University-Johnson originally scheduled to be played in Johnson, Vt. on Saturday October 15 have been moved to Sunday October 16 with the men kicking off 1:00 p.m. and the women taking the filed at 3:30 p.m.   

For further information regarding Fighting Tigers athletic team schedule adjustments; interested parties can consult the athletic program’s website at or contact the SUNY Cobleskill Athletic Department via phone at (518) 255-5127 weekdays during regular business hours.     

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Cobleskill, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill Athletic Department announced that the Fighting Tigers women’s volleyball team’s North Atlantic Conference (NAC) home game versus the Wildcats of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute originally scheduled to be played on Thursday October 13 has been rescheduled due to medical reasons.   

The game will now be played as part of a Triangular Match with the SUNY Canton on Sunday October 16 scheduled accordingly: 

At 1:00 p.m. the Fighting Tigers will host the Kangaroos of SUNY Canton. 

At. 3:00 p.m. the Wildcats of SUNY Polytechnic Institute will be the home team versus the SUNY Canton Kangaroos.   

At 5:00 p.m. the Fighting Tigers will host the Wildcats of SUNY Polytechnic   

All games will be streamed on the Fighting Tiger Sports Network at and livestated via the Fighting Tiger Website at 

For further information regarding Fighting Tigers athletic teams schedule adjustments please check the athletic program's website at 

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Longmeadow, Mass.: The SUNY Cobleskill women’s volleyball team took to the road on Wednesday evening stepping out of their North Atlantic Conference (NAC) schedule to defeat the host Wildcats of Bay Path University 3-2 by set scores of 23-25, 25-20, 25-12, 28-30 and 15-8. With the victory the Fighting Tigers move to 3-11 overall on the year while the Wildcats are now 5-13 on the campaign.  

In a match that featured multiple ties, rallies and game point opportunities it was the Fighting Tigers who out clawed the host Wildcats by recording a season high of 26 service aces along with 50 digs on the evening to wrestle the decision away from the home team.  

Junior outside hitter Alexis Miranda, Nashua, N.H., Nashua North High School, continued her strong play at the net to lead Cobleskill with a team high of 16 digs to go with four total blocks and a pair of digs while fellow junior outside hitter MacKenzie Larson, Winterset, Iowa, Winterset High School, once again displayed her well rounded game with 12 kills, 15 digs and four services aces.  

Junior libero Victoria O’Bar, Middlebury, Conn., Nonnewaug High School, was also a factor in the match with seven service aces and six digs along with junior setter Kasey Orlowski, Hewitt, N.J., West Milford High School, passing out 23 assists to go with three digs on the night. First-year off-side hitter Emma Mercilliott, Port Jervis, N.Y., Port Jervis High School, played a major role in the victory with a career high of nine service aces against the Wildcat defense.   

Cobleskill will next be in action on Thursday October 13 when they host the Wildcats of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute for a NAC match-up with first serve scheduled for 7:00 p.m.   

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SUNY Delhi to Host Fall Open Houses

Written By Editor on 10/5/22 | 10/5/22

Prospective students and their families are invited to visit October 15 and November 12.

DELHI, NY (10/05/2022) SUNY Delhi is hosting two separate Open House events for prospective students and their families on Saturday, October 15, and Saturday, November 12, on the college campus.

Open House is an opportunity to get to know the SUNY Delhi campus, learn about Delhi's academic programs, and connect with faculty, staff, and students. Guests will also learn about admissions, financial aid, and student services and take a tour of Delhi's scenic campus.

"We are excited to welcome prospective students and their families to discover what SUNY Delhi can offer," says Director of Admissions Josh Gregory. "Our unique majors are designed to answer the needs of today's workforce and provide exceptional hands-on learning experiences with dedicated instructors. The Open House events are a great opportunity to experience our close-knit, supportive campus community and learn more about how prepare our students for successful careers."

Enrolling over 3,000 students, SUNY Delhi is a member of the State University of New York. Delhi's hands-on approach to teaching and learning includes over 60 academic programs in specialized areas, including applied technologies, nursing, hospitality, veterinary sciences, applied sciences, business, and liberal arts and sciences. SUNY Delhi offers certificates, associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, as well as master's degrees in both on-campus and online settings.

The Open House program runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m on both October 15 and November 12. To learn more and register, please visit

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Roxbury Fire District Public Hearing

Written By Editor on 10/4/22 | 10/4/22

Please take notice the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Roxbury Fire District will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 7:00pm in the basement of the building of the Roxbury Fire House located at 53613 State Highway 30, Roxbury, NY 12474 in regards to the proposed 2023 Annual Fire District Budget. In addition, the Commissioners will hold their regular October meeting on 10/18/2022 immediately following the hearing, to act on the budget and to discuss district business.

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Written By Editor on 10/3/22 | 10/3/22

Cobleskill, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill men’s soccer team scored on a late penalty kick to tie the visiting Bobcats of Paul Smith’s College 1-1 in non-league action in a game called due to darkness in the 81st minute of play at the Fighting Tigers Soccer/Lacrosse Complex on Tuesday. With the tie Cobleskill ends an eight-game losing streak moving to 0-8-2 overall on the year while the Bobcats are now 5-1-2 on the season to date.  

Despite controlling the overall time of possession and taking a season high of 27 shots the Orange & Black found themselves trailing 1-0 om the 69th minute when sophomore forward Derek Streeter, Utica, N.Y., Central Valley High School, was taken down in the box and awarded a penalty kick.  

The Fighting Tiger sophomore responded by blasting a shot to the lower left corner of the net past Bobcat goalkeeper junior goalkeeper Steven Donnelly, Geneseo, N.Y., Geneseo High School, to knot the contest at 1-1. 

From there Cobleskill put the Bobcat defense under siege but despite several excellent scoring opportunities, could not put the ball in the net before darkness descended forcing the contests cancelation.  

Senior goalkeeper John Gergen, Greenville, N.Y., Greenville High School, recorded five saves on the afternoon while positioning an aggressive Fighting Tiger defensive scheme highlighted by the play of first-year defender Dominic Ciano, Walden, N.Y., Valley Central High School, and junior midfielder Cater Ciavardoni, Latham, N.Y., Shaker High School, to limit the Paul Smith’s opportunities throughout the afternoon.  

Cobleskill will return to action on Saturday October 1 when they host the Wildcats of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute for a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) match-up with kick-off at 1:00 p.m.  

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Waterville, Maine: The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) announced today that SUNY Cobleskill junior runner Nick Logan, Queensbury, N.Y., Queensbury High School, has been named the league’s Men’s Cross Country Runner-of-the-Week ending Sunday September 27.  

The Fighting Tiger junior placed second overall in a field of 47 runners at the 2022 Oneonta Airfield Invitational hosted by SUNY Oneonta at Fortin Park in Oneonta, N.Y. on Saturday. Logan covered the 8000-meter course in a time of 26:13.6 at the event to claim the race’s runner-up spot.  

Led by Logan’s performance, Cobleskill posted a team score s of 58 points to place third overall in the 7-team field. 

Cobleskill will next be in action on Saturday October 8 when they travel to Milton, N.Y. to compete in the 2022 Mount Saint Mary’s College Invitational hosted by Blue Knights at the Hudson Valley Sports Dome beginning at 11:00 a.m.    

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Watch for Alternating Lanes on Route 23A in Greene County Next Week


The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is advising motorists to watch for flaggers and alternating flows of traffic on Route 23A between Palenville and Tannersville, Greene County, at the location locally known as Horseshoe Bend for maintenance work during weekday daylight hours from Monday, Oct. 3, to Friday, Oct. 7, weather permitting. 


Motorists are urged to slow down and drive responsibly in work zones. Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. Convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license. 


Motorists are reminded to Move Over a lane, if safely possible, or slow down significantly whenever encountering roadside vehicles displaying red, white, blue, amber or green lights, including maintenance and construction vehicles in work zones.  


For up-to-date travel information, call 511, visit or download the free 511NY mobile app. 


Follow New York State DOT on Twitter: @NYSDOT. Find us on Facebook at For tweets from New York State DOT Region 1 (covering the Capital Region), follow @NYSDOTAlbany. 

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The Arc Lexington Joins Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Nationwide campaign will take place in October

Gloversville, NY — The Arc Lexington today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation.”

The history of NDEAM traces back to 1945 when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

“Our national recovery from the pandemic cannot be completed without the inclusion of all Americans, in particular people with disabilities,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. “Their contributions have historically been vital to our nation’s success, and are more important today than ever. We must build an economy that fully includes the talent and drive of those with disabilities.”

Reflecting this year’s theme, throughout the month, The Arc Lexington will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate its communities on disability employment issues and its commitment to an inclusive work culture. This includes a performance by Flame, Lexington’s internationally-renowned rock band, at the New York State Education Department/ACCES-VR DREAM (Disability Rights & Employment Awareness Month) Symposium at the Empire State Plaza Concourse on October 4 from 12:00-1:00PM. The goal of this event is to acknowledge the rights that people with disabilities are entitled to, highlight the value they bring to the workforce, and assist in matching qualified candidates with employers who believe that a diverse workforce is an empowered, quality workforce.

“The Arc Lexington is proud to participate in activities surrounding this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said Shaloni Winston, Executive Director/CEO of Lexington. “All month we will recognize and celebrate the contributions that people with disabilities bring to the workplace and the employers who work with these valuable employees.”

This year, Label Shopper in Cobleskill will be presented with a Regional ACCES-VR (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation) NDEAM Award, because of a nomination for this award by The Arc Lexington. These awards celebrate businesses that are committed to the mission of assisting individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment, and support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation and career development. Label Shopper in Cobleskill has been a longtime partner of The Arc Lexington, providing employment for people we support for over 22 years. In that time they have continually encouraged professional growth, provided appreciated feedback and created an environment where employees feel valued, respected and a true part of the team.

For businesses interested in hiring capable, dependable and trained employees with disabilities, please contact Lexington’s Employment Supports Department at (518) 773-4717 in Fulton County and (518) 295-8130 in Schoharie County.


Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages — during October and throughout the year — by visiting


About Lexington:
The Arc Lexington is a private, not-for-profit agency providing a wide range of services to adults and children who have developmental disabilities in Fulton, Albany and Schoharie Counties. Created in 1953 by a group of concerned parents, Lexington is recognized as one of the leading agencies of its kind in New York State. For more information about Lexington and its programs and services, visit


About Flame:
Flame is a rock band comprised of talented musicians who happen to have disabilities.  Flame was born at a 2003 talent show put on by The Arc Lexington, an agency that supports people with developmental disabilities. Today, Flame is known and celebrated worldwide for their music and inspirational message. Flame’s mission is to change the world through music. For more information visit

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SUNY Delhi 's Dr. Mary Bonderoff featured speaker at networking event Oct. 21

Start your day with a little productive and profitable networking!

The Chamber's  monthly Third Friday Business & Breakfast is a terrific opportunity to network before your workday begins. Make new business connections, brush-up your existing contacts, meet new and old friends, and keep current on what's happening in our region. 

Cost is $20 per person and includes a buffet breakfast, networking with other business owners and an informational session!

Our featured speaker is Dr. Mary Bonderoff, officer-in-charge of SUNY Delhi's leadership team. Dr. Bonderoff will share her vision for the direction of the college and talk about projects and programs that can benefit the business community and Delaware County.

The event will be held at The Hamden Inn, State Route 10, Hamden, Oct. 21 from 8:30 - 10 a.m.

To register visit or call 607-746-2281.

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Bushel Presents Artists from Black Ball Projects in New Exhibition

DELHI, NY— Bushel is pleased to present “Northern Exposure: The Artists Behind Black Ball Projects,” a group exhibition featuring nine of the artists who lead Black Ball Projects (BBP), a nonprofit that supports underexposed artists. The exhibition will include paintings by Palma Blank, Pia Dehne, Diana Delgado, Laleh Khorramain, and Ana Wolovick; video work by Jen DeNike; and sculpture by Kelly Chang, Jac Lahav, and Rachel Owens. Also on view will be photos, clippings, and other ephemera tracing the activities of BBP over seven years in its support of more than 150 artists. The exhibition runs from October 15 through November 14, 2022, with an opening reception on Saturday, October 15, 5–7 pm. Free and open to the public. Bushel is located at 106 Main Street in Delhi, NY. 

“Run by artists for artists, from the start it was always a labor of love,” states BBP co-founder Ana Wolovick. Black Ball Projects is a NYC nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that supports artists through exhibitions, online viewing rooms, and a micro-granting program. BBP’s mission is to serve and support contemporary artists who are underexposed and who have been working diligently on the periphery of the greater art world. Diversity of all kinds, be it gender, racial, or economic, is at the core of the Black Ball Projects organization.

As a nonprofit, artist-run space located in Delhi, NY, Bushel is thrilled to host this exhibition, a cross-pollination between two groups that share a collective ethos. This exhibition is the second in a new series of Bushel-alumni-curated shows, proposed by Pia Dehne whose work was shown in “Beaver Fever,” a three-person show curated by Jennifer Kabat for Bushel’s old space at 84 Main Street in Fall 2017. Bushel-alumni-curated shows are exhibitions and happenings proposed by artists who have exhibited at Bushel in the past, with a single constraint: to use the opportunity to invite or engage at least one other artist or maker who has not yet been part of a Bushel program.    

About the artists in the exhibition:

Palma Blank is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Juxtaposing concepts of deep space and flatness, illusion and objecthood, minimalism and maximalism, the handmade and machined, her paintings emerge as charged futuristic spaces for experience and reflection.

Pia Dehne is a German-born painter living in New York for the past 22 years and in Andes, NY since 2011. Her interests as a painter lie in re-using and transforming images and pre-existing materials from a particular time, ideological moment or movement, into new abstracted and evocative forms.

Diana Delgado is an American-born painterbased in Westchester, NY, whose work combines abstraction and representational drawing to evoke themes of love, whimsy, and childhood nostalgia. 

Jen DeNike is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY and Glasgow Scotland. Her multimedia sensory installations function as places of intervention navigating both real and imagined utopias with a sense of sublime temporality. 

Kelly Chang is a New York–based multidisciplinary artist whose work combines the use of digital tools and methods with ceramics and other traditional media to explore themes of personal memory, humanity's legacy, and the future of life in the universe.

Laleh Khorramain is a visual artist whose work of the past decade has spanned stop-motion animations, sound, monoprints, drawings, painted landscapes, portraits, and collage. She removes cultural or historical specificity from her narratives in a search for worlds just beyond the concrete, material one around us. 
Jac Lahav is an artist, curator, and community organizer, born in Israel and currently living in Connecticut. His work involves re-telling new and old narratives about his community, belonging, and shared cultural history.

Rachel Owens is a sculptor and Associate Professor of Art & Design and Chair of the Sculpture Department at SUNY Purchase College. Her recent work explores the precarious nature of existence, where the limbs of people, plants, and trees fold together. She currently lives and works in Armenia, NY.

Ana Wolovick is an artist and curator, born and raised in New York City, now living and working in Brooklyn. She makes intuitively driven composite-paintings that have quasi-political abstract narratives. 

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Esperance Man Arrested for Repeat DWI

On September 27, State Police arrested Robert J. Alexander, 33, of Esperance, for Driving While Intoxicated and Vehicle and Traffic Law violations. 

On September 27, 2022, at about 7:34 p.m., Troopers stopped a vehicle on State Route 20 in Esperance, NY, for an equipment violation. During the interview, Troopers identified Alexander as the operator, and he was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated.  

Alexander was transported to SP Cobleskill for processing, where he refused to provide a breath sample to determine the alcohol content of his blood. He has a previous DWI conviction within the past ten years and did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the stop.  Alexander was arraigned before the Esperance Town Court and released on his own recognizance. 

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Bassett Healthcare Network’s Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety Awarded Funding for Five More Years

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Cooperstown, N.Y. – The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has announced that it has renewed its funding for Bassett Healthcare Network’s Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (NEC) for five more years. These funds will ensure that the organization will continue its mission of enhancing the safety and health of farming, forestry and fishing industry workers by researching solutions for preventing and treating occupational injury and illness through 2027. 

“This is welcome news at the NEC,” says Julie Sorensen, director of the NEC. “It took our team years to collect data, work with communities to identify their health and safety priorities, look at gaps in research, and determine which approaches would best meet their needs. We are thankful for NIOSH’s vote of confidence as demonstrated by their ongoing investment in our research and support of Northeast workers and industries in the years ahead.” 

The NEC has been serving agricultural businesses and workers since it was founded in the early 1990s. It carries out its mission through research, outreach, education, and clinical consultation. In its regional projects, NEC conducts research studying health and safety challenges faced by members of the agricultural community to propose, test, and implement possible workplace solutions. In New York State, these research solutions are shared with farmers and complement important state-based resources and services, such as the provision of safety equipment, training, respirator fit testing, and mobile vaccine clinics.

When the NEC first received NIOSH funding in 1992, it allowed the Center to expand the scope of its mission by supporting research and an expansion into the forestry and fishing industries, as well as farming. It also extended the Center’s reach to include twelve Northeast states (from Maine to Maryland). Although it receives important funds and grants from other sources, NIOSH provides the majority of NEC’s research funding.

“Research is such an important part of what makes our Center successful,” says Sorensen. “While we can provide technical assistance, training, or equipment, the workplace is constantly changing, as is the workforce. That means we consistently need to identify new and improved user-friendly, evidence-based solutions. This requires a commitment to understanding the problem and tackling it from a number of directions to see what works best.”

For additional information about NIOSH, read their press release about supporting the NEC and its 10 sister institutions around the country.  

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State Police Search for Woman with Dementia; Woman Found Deceased

On September 29, 2022, at approximately 6:58 p.m., New York State Police at Margaretville responded to a report that an 85-year-old woman with dementia left her residence on foot several hours prior and could not be located. 

On organized search was formed to search the area near Wolf Hollow Road in the town of Andes.  Troopers and New York State Police K9 were assisted by New York State Forest Rangers and Delhi Village Police. 

The woman was located deceased about a mile from her residence by a K9 with the Delhi Village Police.  There is no indication of any foul play. 

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SUNY Delhi 's Dr. Mary Bonderoff featured speaker at networking event Oct. 21

Written By Editor on 10/2/22 | 10/2/22

Start your day with a little productive and profitable networking!

The Chamber's  monthly Third Friday Business & Breakfast is a terrific opportunity to network before your workday begins. Make new business connections, brush-up your existing contacts, meet new and old friends, and keep current on what's happening in our region. 

Cost is $20 per person and includes a buffet breakfast, networking with other business owners and an informational session!

Our featured speaker is Dr. Mary Bonderoff, officer-in-charge of SUNY Delhi's leadership team. Dr. Bonderoff will share her vision for the direction of the college and talk about projects and programs that can benefit the business community and Delaware County.

The event will be held at The Hamden Inn, State Route 10, Hamden, Oct. 21 from 8:30 - 10 a.m.

To register visit or call 607-746-2281.

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